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England vs Croatia: Euros preview and predictions

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ngland today kick off their hopes of Euro 2020 glory this summer with a tough opening Group D game against Croatia.

The Three Lions had their 2018 World Cup dream shattered in the semi-finals against the same opposition, and must put those memories to one side in order to get off the mark with a win at this delayed European Championship.

Gareth Southgate’s team is full of attacking potential and are among the favourites – and with the final on July 11 to be held at Wembley, England know a strong start could be key to making that date with destiny.

Date, kick-off time and venue

England vs Croatia is scheduled for an 2pm BST kick-off on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Today’s match will be held at Wembley Stadium, which will have a maximum capacity of 25 per cent.

Where to watch England vs Croatia

TV channel: The match will be televised on BBC One for free.

Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the BBC iPlayer.

England vs Croatia team news

Harry Maguire is almost certain to miss this game, so Southgate has a decision to make at centre-back.

With Trent Alexander-Arnold pulling out of the squad with a thigh injury, Brigton centre-back Ben White has been called up – and he could even make a surprise start.

England’s Chelsea and Man City contingent will be available, so expect to see the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Phil Foden involved.

England vs Croatia predicted lineups

England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Chilwell; Phillips, Rice, Mount; Sancho, Kane, Foden

Croatia XI: Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Caleta-Car, Vida, Gvardiol; Brozovic; Kramaric, Modric, Kovacic, Perisic; Rebic

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford

Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling

Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Simon Sluga

Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Borna Barisic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Juranovic, Domagoj Bradaric, Mile Skoric, Josko Gvardiol

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Luka Ivanusec

Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Ante Rebic, Josip Brekalo, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir

England vs Croatia prediction

England have not been at their best in their two warm-up games against Austria and Romania, but did enough to get two wins.

Southgate will have a number of key players available for selection though, but it remains to be seen whether the team will have real cohesion yet.

Croatia had England’s number in the World Cup semi-final three years ago, but the Three Lions should have enough – especially on home soil – to pick up three valuable points.

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